Almost eighteen years of service for D7534/25184 saw it allocated to London Midland depots the length & breadth of the Division.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D7534 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on March 6th 1965. Further transfers were:
July 1969 to the London Division (Western Lines) (D01).
Renumbered July 13th 1974.
25184 was the 192nd Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during August 1983.
After withdrawal 25184 was moved to Swindon Works on September 21st 1983 and was broken up by the first week of 1984.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works March 1966.
On August 28th 25184 & 25131 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.30 return.
On September 3rd 25184 was noted at Chester assisting an unidentified passenger service following the failure of a diesel multiple unit.
On or about June 12th 25184 was operating on local trips out of Guide Bridge, on 13th it became derailed at at Godley Sidings. On June 17th 25184 had somehow reached Exeter and ended up working two Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple roundtrips.
25305 & 25184 were stabled at Nuneaton on the weekend of July 29th.
Two months later on August 19th 25184 & 25289 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram. The next day (20th) the same pair went out on a Derby - Skegness round trip. On August 22nd 25184 was by itself working the 15.32 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and 19.30 return.
On September 7th 25184 handled two round trips between Manchester Victoria & Bangor, a total of 400 miles.
25184 was noted eastbound through Chinley with empty stone (Tilcon?) hoppers on November 11th.
The maintenance dispute in late March/early April brought many strangers into South Wales including a number of Class 25s including 25184 & 25194 on April 12th as a light engine movement west of Cardiff.
1979 was a quieter year, on July 20th worked a Manchester Victoria - Holyhead Manchester, whilst five days later (25th) 25184 worked the 11.09 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead and the return 15.03 Holyhead - Manchester Victoria.
During 1980 25184 made six round trips over the Cambrian line during June, July & August and two trips over the NE/SW route between Birmingham and Leeds. The first of the NE/SW trips occurred on July 28th 1980 when 25194 & 25181 worked the 14.35 Paignton - Leeds forward from Birmingham New Street. The second event occurred a month later on August 31st 1980 when 25184 worked the 16.15 Birmingham New Street - Leeds throughout. Happy memories for any enthusiasts in the front coach on these trips, with the quickening departure from New Street through the tunnel to reach Landore Street, the lengthy Clay Cross tunnel, and then the departure from Chesterfield with the climb up Bradway Bank before the continued climb into Bradway tunnel.
On June 14th 25184 & 25259 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.
On July 5th 25184 & 25242 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. The next day (6th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, returning with the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. On July 19th 25184 & 25262 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. And finally for July, on the 28th 25184 & 25181 worked the 14.35 Paignton - Leeds forward from Birmingham New Street.
During August 25184 returned to the Cambrian lines, on August 2nd 25184 & 25276 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. The next day (3rd) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, returning with the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. Finally on August 31st the 16.15 Birmingham New Street - Leeds was worked by 25184.
On September 20th the 21.35 Kensington Olympia - Perth motorail was worked to Willesden by 25184 & 25190.
During April & May 25184 was stored unserviceable whilst at Derby Works, it was reinstated during May to Longsight.
On July 24th 25184 & 25235 worked the round trip Derby - Yarmouth as far as Norwich and then possibly worked another service forward to/from Yarmouth.
25184 was stabled at Coventry station on August 8th.
The following month on August 21st 25184 & 25083 worked the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Wolverhampton.
The final passenger working for 1982 took place on September 19th with 25184 working the 09.50 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town.
25184 passed through leicester light engine on April 13th.
25184 was stabled at Preston on June 3rd.
25184 was withdrawn on August 28th 1983.
Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Page added March 3rd 2013